Lung Cancer, the Number One Cancer Killer
Each year in the United States, 200,000 people receive the devastating diagnosis of lung cancer, and more than 150,000 people die from lung cancer.*
November is lung cancer awareness month and Angel MedFlight is wearing white to support awareness of the deadly disease.
Diseases of the lung can be very serious. In 2010, 10% of Angel MedFlight’s air medical transports were cancer-related and 15% were pulmonary-respiratory patients.
Reduce your chances of developing lung cancer by knowing the risk factors and taking steps to protect yourself.
- Risks: Smoking and secondhand smoke.
- Environmental: Radon gas, asbestos, ionizing radiation, and other carcinogens.
- Genetic: Chronic lung disease such as emphysema or chronic bronchitis. Increased age. Family history.
- Don’t smoke. Avoid secondhand smoke.
- Have your home tested for radon; take corrective actions if high levels are present.
- Avoid unnecessary chest X-rays.
- Follow health and safety guidelines in the workplace.
*Source: Centers for Disease Control